Arts Award

Arts Award is a unique award programme which supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders and explore the arts and cultural world.

Arts Award offers an introductory award and four qualifications, all of which inspire young people to enjoy the arts and develop their creativity, independent learning and communication skills.  Hear from young people about the Arts Award levels on Arts Award Voice, the programme’s magazine for young people.

To complete an award, a young person works with an Arts Award adviser, usually an arts professional, teacher or youth worker based at an Arts Award centre, which could be a school or college, arts organisation, library or youth club.  Advisers act as mentors and catalysts, encouraging young people to develop within their art form, collaborate with others, review arts events and work with arts professionals.

Any young person up to 25 years can work towards an Arts Award, and there are no entry requirements nor time limits for completion.  Participants range from academic high fliers to those with no previous qualifications.  An Arts Award portfolio can be created in any media, which suits young people who prefer audio/visual communication to writing.

Community Arts apprentices can use Silver and Gold Arts Award as the Knowledge Certificate in their apprenticeship qualification and many employers like Arts Award’s flexible work-related framework, which easily adapts to the workplace and the apprentice’s role.  Find out more about Arts Award and Apprenticeships.  

Arts Council England is encouraging organisations taking part in the Creative Employment Programme to deliver Arts Award within apprenticeships and traineeships wherever possible.  Many arts organisations also register as Arts Award Supporters in order to reach and support young people taking part. The Junction, Cambridge, for instance uses their Supporter status to help promote their Creative Choices event.

Arts Award is currently supporting more FE colleges to run the award – find out more 

An Arts Award qualification demonstrates a young person’s commitment to the arts and ability to undertake independent learning, and is increasingly recognised within Further and Higher Education and by employers in the cultural sector.  Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Levels Entry 3, 1, 2 and 3, with the Gold award offering a QCF credit value of 15 (equivalent to an AS-Level).

Arts Award launched in 2005 and is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations in England and with country partners across the UK.

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